“This is a wonderful recognition of our University-wide effort to support academic and community engagement,” said Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Darrell Wheeler. “The efforts by our students, faculty, staff, and community partners demonstrate the many aspects of our collective commitment to being a public academic institution committed to improving our community — locally and globally.”
The department, part of the School of Education, collaborates with administrators, teachers and students in numerous school and community-based settings in the Capital Region in order to provide graduate students seeking certification as literacy specialists practical experience working with diverse populations of learners struggling with reading and writing.
The University has offered seven different practicum courses in seven community settings — five elementary schools, one middle school, and the Job Corps training program — involving 13 full-time or part-time faculty and 341 graduate student placements and making a difference in the lives of 318 children and young adults.
Leaders in Service (LIS) Program
Administered by the Department of Residential Life in the Division of Student Affairs, each year LIS introduces a new group of students to community service. By providing opportunities to serve and for leadership training and mentoring, LIS strives to spark and nurture in students a long-term commitment to community service on campus, within the Capital Region, and throughout the nation and abroad.
Since its inception in 2009, LIS has partnered with a number of human service agencies and nonprofits to aid individuals in need, including Habitat for Humanity, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, the Center for Disability Services, Meals on Wheels, the Police Athletic League, Girls, Inc., Make-A-Wish, and Ronald McDonald House.
UAlbany Navigators aid the public in dealing with the health insurance marketplace in multiple languages. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)
The School of Social Welfare’s "UAlbany Navigators" help individuals, families and businesses in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties to navigate the online health insurance marketplace. The master’s students provide assistance to almost 2,000 clients annually.
The navigators work year-round, earning no course credit for their efforts. They do, however, gain valuable experience engaging with and advocating on behalf of those who may otherwise have great difficulty finding their way through the health insurance marketplace on their own: the homeless, refugees and immigrants, incarcerated individuals, people with mental health issues, young adults, the self-employed and single parents.
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The President’s Honor Roll is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the U.S. departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core.